Let’s start with the premise. In a world where humans, having been driven to the brink of extinction by the Gastrea virus. The last of humanity has been enclosed and protected by giant monoliths of varenium, a type of metal that the Gastrea hate. A department of civil servants are set up to combat these monsters. Civil servant agents work in pairs, one Promoter with every Iinitiator. Our main pair, striking the cover of the promo poster is Rentaro Satomi (The Promoter) and Enju Aihara (The Initiator). The agents fight with black bullets made from a material called Varenium that can stop Gastrea from regenerating. The very first third of the episode sets this general dynamic.
Oh by the way, did I mention that Enju is a kickass chibi Loli? Despite Enju’s infatuation with her Promoter, it seems like Rentaro has a crush on Kisara, the president of his department. But all this is revealed in slight moments of character side interactions. Most of episode 1 explains how this future world is made up but I found Enju and Rentaro’s partnership very akin to siblings which was endearing on first glance.
With Black Bullet, there’s solid animation and a solid story, starting with a hero with a solid back story. Rentaro’s parents, dead or missing, during a war ten years prior to the main story’s timeline more or less inspiring him to become an agent. After Rentaro’s clash with the Gastrea earlier in the day, the story begins with the investigation for the source of this first Gastrea inspection. The Gastrea are deadly because of the speed at which the virus can rewrite its DNA causing the infected victim to change physically and acquire deadly skills. Normally, the Gastrea virus is only spread among humans through bodily fluids but in the rare case that the Gastrea is ingested by a pregnant woman, their offspring become the cursed children where the virus takes a slow corrosion. The cursed children are always girls with glowing red eyes and are humanity’s last hope.
The story honestly reminds me a lot of Shingeki no Kyojin (Rentarou is also voiced by Yuki Kaji who voiced Eren) except in a much more science-fiction advanced world where the struggle seems much more even than to the disadvantage of the humans. The scent of death isn’t as potent in the story and in general we can probably expect some great techno-sci-fi action. Modern settings make for great action scenes and the character designs are refreshing and new. If you’re looking for something futuristic and fast-paced, Black Bullet seems to be the one for you this season.
What are you pondering today?